AceShowbiz - %cSpike Lee% thinks getting a black person to lead United States is easier than setting a black man as the head of a Hollywood studio or network. The acclaimed African-American director slams the industry during his acceptance speech for the Governors Awards dinner in Hollywood on Saturday, November 14.
"We need to have some serious discussions about diversity and get some flavor up in this," Lee said. "This industry is so behind sports it's ridiculous." He said he could find a lot of white people in a Hollywood building but came across only one black person in the name-checking counter.
Lee later praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs during his 15-minute speech for "trying to do something that needs to be done." She took the mic earlier that night to announce the academy's five-year plan to improve diversity.
The filmmaker additionally addressed the Paris tragedy, saying he wished "peace and love to the people of France." His daughter Satchel Lee studies in the city but flew back to the States on Friday before the incident happened.
Lee, along with %cGena Rowlands% and %cDebbie Reynolds% were receiving the honorary Oscar that night. Only Reynolds was not able to attend. "Spike Lee has put more African-Americans to work in this business than anyone else in this business," %cDenzel Washington% said in his introduction.